Pros: So far, this has been a great drive. Very quiet operation, and it works well as an external storage drive for my Xbox one. Fast transfer speeds when connected to a USB 3.0 port. If you look through the vent hols you can see the drive inside and it appears to be a WD green drive. Not sure on the exact model though.
Cons: The USB 3.0 connector had a tab that was bent in such a way that the cable could not be plugged in, until the tab was bent back out. Hopefully I didn't weaken any of the solder joints for the connector. This tab should normally be bent the correct way and it was probably missed.
Summary: for some reason , UPS left it on the front steps with no signature. In full view right out on the street. Whats up with that? Unacceptable. Does NE have some low cost shipping arrangement where no sig is required?
Pros: 3T of storage for $98 smackeroos. shipped free. Appears to be an Hitachi drive inside - I'm very happy with that. This drive is dead silent, and cool to the touch. Letting it run 24/7 for a 30 day torture treatment. Case is solid and rugged. Feels substantial.
Summary: It was supposed to be new. But it is clearly a preowned unit. I needed to change the permission status of the drive to allow my machine to write into it. It had somebody else's name on it for the read and write privilege. Still working on getting it to work. Now that I read other reviews, I might return it. There's probably a reason why it's so inexpensive.